Fighting a dirty war as a rifle platoon leader and then marching for peace afterward gave William F. Crandell a bone-deep understanding of why honor and integrity are life-and-death concerns. Crandell returned home from Vietnam with a zest for adventure, a skeptic’s eye, and a hundred thousand stories. He quickly acquired both an FBI file of his own and a doctorate in American history, but oddly enough, it was the years of spiritual retreat in the mountains that set his infantryman’s feet back on solid ground. The writing came naturally–he’d been a foreign correspondent for an Ohio newspaper before college, and wrote fiction to stay awake in some of the jobs he held. Still, the years on Capitol Hill and in Federal law enforcement agencies gave him a player’s knowledge of how crime and power operate, along with an appreciation of the dedication and the slime beneath the skin of America’s capital. Awarded a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for his private detective novel, Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl, Crandell has published short stories, book reviews, scholarly articles, journalism, state and federal reports, political analyses, and congressional testimony that he presented in Washington hearings. An Ohio native, Crandell received all his degrees at Ohio State University, completing his doctorate in American History with a study of the interaction of McCarthyism and Republican politics. Crandell and his writer wife, Judith Speizer Crandell, relocated to Delaware so they could write at the ocean’s edge.
2012: “The Faith-Based Diet” – Mark Twain Award for Humor/Social Commentary
2019: “The Last Lootenant Wins His Fuckin’ Medal” – DPA Best Short Story
2019: “The Last Lootenant Wins His Fuckin’ Medal” – NFPW Best National Short Story
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